First and Last Name/s of Presenters

Kenneth McDougalFollow

Mentor/s

Professor Isil Akbulut-Gok

Participation Type

Paper Talk

Abstract

How have the polices of counter-terrorism and nation building by the United States impacted the nation of Afghanistan? Were the objectives completed and did American foreign policy decisions foster sustainable peace within the region? In this case study of Afghanistan, the roll of the United States in the Soviet Resistance, the global war on terror, attempts at nation building, and the quest for peace will be discussed. Operation Enduring Freedom focused on combating Al-Qaeda and Taliban regime within Afghanistan, but soon evolved into something much more complex. Through reviewing the objectives and actions of United States’ foreign policy makers, research of the implementation of policies, as well as reports from within Afghanistan, it was discovered that the initial threat of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda was removed. However, hopes of sustainable peace and a “Pro-America” Afghanistan was not established. Behind a blurred legal justification and ignoring the international community's warning, the preemptive strikes in the global war on terror and attempt at nation building has created national instability and denied the opportunity for peace to exist within Afghanistan. Beginning covertly in the 1980’s and publicly since 2001, the United States and Coalition forces have been actively deployed and engaged in Afghanistan spending billions of dollars and losing thousands of lives, with minimal return on their investment.

College and Major available

Global Studies BA

Course Name and Number, Professor Name

Global Studies Senior Thesis GS-302, Professor Akbulut

Location

Digital Commons

Start Day/Time

5-5-2021 1:00 PM

End Day/Time

5-5-2021 4:00 PM

Students' Information

Kenneth McDougal, Global Studies Major with minors in Political Science, Criminal Justice, and the Honors Program. Senior Graduating in May of 2021

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May 5th, 1:00 PM May 5th, 4:00 PM

Will the Peace Plan Bring Peace to Afghanistan? A look at the History of Nation and State Building in Afghanistan by the United States and review of the 2020 Afghanistan Peace Plan

Digital Commons

How have the polices of counter-terrorism and nation building by the United States impacted the nation of Afghanistan? Were the objectives completed and did American foreign policy decisions foster sustainable peace within the region? In this case study of Afghanistan, the roll of the United States in the Soviet Resistance, the global war on terror, attempts at nation building, and the quest for peace will be discussed. Operation Enduring Freedom focused on combating Al-Qaeda and Taliban regime within Afghanistan, but soon evolved into something much more complex. Through reviewing the objectives and actions of United States’ foreign policy makers, research of the implementation of policies, as well as reports from within Afghanistan, it was discovered that the initial threat of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda was removed. However, hopes of sustainable peace and a “Pro-America” Afghanistan was not established. Behind a blurred legal justification and ignoring the international community's warning, the preemptive strikes in the global war on terror and attempt at nation building has created national instability and denied the opportunity for peace to exist within Afghanistan. Beginning covertly in the 1980’s and publicly since 2001, the United States and Coalition forces have been actively deployed and engaged in Afghanistan spending billions of dollars and losing thousands of lives, with minimal return on their investment.

 

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